Three nights were spent in Thunder Bay, Ontario because the motorhome was due for its routine LOF (Lube, Oil, Filter) service and the Kenworth shop in Thunder Bay could not do the work until Tuesday morning. Ross and Marge had their steak dinner at the Prospector restaurant in Thunder Bay on Monday night and they both enjoyed their meal but neither Ross or Marge were as enamored by the meal as they were about five years ago when they felt the meat was the best they had ever eaten. It' like leaving home, once you leave home you can never go back and have it the same as it was when you were there previously. Tuesday evening they visited another restaurant called the Bight located at the Thunder Bay Marina. The meal was a good meal except for the grilled asparagus which had a couple of stalks that were pretty woody.
Today Ross and Marge left Thunder Bay around 0900 and they planned on staying in Duluth, Minnesota. There were three campgrounds that seemed to meet our needs. Their plans were to call each of the three campgrounds once they crossed the border where they would not be strapped with the high cell phone rates imposed by the Canadian Rogers system. One was the Duluth KOA but when Marge called they didn't have any full service sites which were mentioned in the campground booklet. The second campground was in downtown Duluth at the marina but Marge never called them because she felt the third on the list sounded better. She called the third one and they had space with full hook-ups and 50 amp electrical. The campground is located about 10 miles from Duluth in the town of Saginaw, Minnesota and when they first turned off the main highway the road to the campground was pretty rough and both Ross and Marge were very concerned they had made a big mistake but as soon as they turned into the driveway they found one of the nicest campgrounds they have ever stayed in. It is a very quit area and located on a small lake that is stocked with catfish, trout, northern pike and walleye. Neither Ross or Marge has any fishing gear but they may check with the campground office to see if they have some fishing gear they could borrow.
They signed up for two day but they have scheduled a visit by an appliance repairman to look at the dishwasher in the motorhome for Friday afternoon so they will have to extend their stay a minimum of one more day and Ross has suggested they consider staying for the upcoming weekend.
There current plans are to backtrack slightly and drive through a portion of Wisconsin, a state that neither has been in previously and now is the best opportunity to correct that deficit.
The trip today was a very enjoyable trip. The highway ran right along the edge of Lake Superior from Thunder Bay all the way to Duluth. The roadway was fair to good but the scenery was excellent the entire way. Ross traveled this same route, in the opposite direction, in January 1962 when he was in the USAF and was transferring from Arlington Heights, Illinois to Sioux Lookout, Ontario, Canada. He had to stop in Duluth to pick up his artic gear that he was going to need while in Ontario. At that time there was a USAF base in Duluth and that air base was the support base for the radar site in Sioux Lookout and that was why he had to visit Duluth. He remembers very little about the trip because the entire drive from Duluth to Sioux Lookout was done at night.
Marge wanted to mention that she was able to purchase some ketchup potato chips as there are some readers that might want that information because they cannot be purchased in the States.
Lastly, at the US Border the US Agriculture Department Inspector stole their tomatoes and peppers but left the apples that were purchased in Canada.
That is all for now,
Ross & Marge